I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Genres: Horror, YA
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 18th 2015
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Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.Now Stella is seventeen, and she's over it. She's the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it's her small town's ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She's got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
I’m the lucky one; or at least that’s what they say.
What I thought of this book
Do monsters really exist or is it just our imaginations at work to make sense of something horrible that happens?
Stella has always been called the lucky one because she came out of the woods alive and her friend Jeanie was never seen again. Stella can’t remember what happened that night but now she is seventeen and another little girl was found that looks an awful lot like Jeanie.
This makes Stella decide to try and do her best to remember what happened that day in the woods. She had seen the police reports that said she repeated a sentence over and over about hunting monsters. Her friend Zoey isn’t very sympathetic to her wanting to remember so she turns to her old friend Sam.
First off I would like to say that I really couldn’t stand the MC through most of this book. She was so dumb, and it drove me crazy. Her best friend Zoey wants to be like the ultra popular person and demands that Stella do it too. So Stella does pretty much what her friend wants, though she finely starts thinking for herself later on, but I wanted reach in the book and slap her. She was hanging out with a loser jock cause it was the popular thing to do, then tries to hide going out with her ex-best friend Sam, because Zoey would through a fit. It was Zoey who made her choose being friends with her or Sam. AAAAH
Sam is my favorite character in the story and I still wanted to smack him for being so nice to Stella after she stepped on him so many times in the past. Love is blind as they say! Sam is great though and he is always there helping her out, looking for clues and trying to find out if it was monster or man that killed Jeanie.
I also liked Shane the cop who had been just as traumatized by what happened to her when she was six as she was and he always came back ever year asking if she remembered anything knew.
Despite not caring much for the MC and parts being slow I did like it. I didn’t love it but once you get about half way in it starts to pick up and then I needed to know what happened. Is there really a monster, what is the The Creeping, or was it a monster in the form of a person. I sort of had it figured out or at least partly, but it still surprised me a bit. I also think the ending was just a little to long cause after we find out what happened it still went on and most of the last 10% was aftermath stuff.
I think it was a decent first attempt as this is a debut novel and I will try another book from this author because it was an interesting enough story. If you are into YA horror/suspense then you might give it a try.
I didn’t find it scary but others might find it somewhat creepy towards the middle. Honestly I have a hard time finding anything that creeps me out..lol.